The study of the languages, culture, history and literature of the societies of the ancient world, classics is an extremely varied and interdisciplinary discipline. You will cover several areas,including the arts, social science, philosophy and physical science. Although course content will be different at each institution, classics degrees usually encompass a mixture of Ancient Greece, Latin, Ancient History, Archaeology, Philosophy, and Roman studies.
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The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. It will also be influenced by your level of study. At undergraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Arts (BA). At postgraduate level, you can expect to be awarded a Master of Arts (MA), or a Master of Research (MRes). Further study will award research degrees such as Master of Philosophy (MPhil) and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD).
Generally, an undergraduate degree will take three to four years to complete, depending on where you choose to study. A postgraduate degree will normally take one to two years to complete.
Your institution may offer part-time study options, which usually means that your degree will take four to six years. You may also be able to take a foundation programme, which is useful if you do not meet the entry requirements for your degree.
Annual tuition fees for UK students are capped by the UK government. For the 2019/20 academic year, they are £9,250. This is subject to change each year, and will be updated on your institution website.
Postgraduate course annual tuition fees are set by the institution, which means that they can differ. Postgraduate programmes are generally less expensive than undergraduate programmes. You will find detailed fee information on the institution webpage.
The fees displayed below are an example of typical annual tuition fees for undergraduate and postgraduate classics degrees. Actual tuition fees can be found on the institution webpages.
Typical Annual Tuition Fees
- Undergraduate - £9,250
- Postgraduate - £9,750
An undergraduate degree in classics will give you a good foundation of knowledge in the area. You could study modules on ancient languages, Greek and Roman architecture, Latin literature, Greek and Latin society, and ancient cultures. The majority of undergraduate degrees will be designed to suit those who have very little prior experience of classics, as well as challenging those who may have studied or worked in the subject area previously. Your degree will be delivered through lectures and tutorials, as well as incorporating field trips. Assessment methods might include written work, presentations, group work, and a dissertation or research project.
When studying a postgraduate degree, such as an MA, you will build on the knowledge gained at undergraduate level. The modules you study will cover the more complex and specialist areas of the subject. You will cover the traditional classics subjects, as well as exploring the more contemporary concepts. Modules and specialisms might include the Greek language, Latin language, Ancient Greek archaeology, and ancient philosophy. Assessment methods could include written work, group projects, presentations, and a final major research project.
The entry requirements for a degree in Classics will depend on where you choose to study. They will also be influenced by the level for which you are applying. An undergraduate degree will require you to have a background in a qualitative and analytical subject, such as English, Psychology, History, or Law. It might also be useful to have some previous experience in the Latin and Greek language, but this is not always necessary. If you do not have a strong background in a qualitative subject, but can show that you are passionate about Classics, some universities might still consider your application. You can display this through your personal statement or admissions interview. For a postgraduate degree, you will be required to have an undergraduate degree in Classics, Ancient History, or a closely related subject.
Typical Entry Requirements
- A Level Grades - AAA-ABB
- UCAS Points - 144-128 UCAS points
- Required/Desired Subjects - History, English, Psychology, Law, Greek, Latin
Classics graduates will find that there are many different career opportunities available to them. You will have developed a useful and transferable skill-set throughout your time at university. These skills will mean that you are able to apply your knowledge to a wide variety of industries and jobs. If you choose to work in a job role related to your degree, work could include teaching, museum curator, archivist, or heritage management. If you choose to work in a role not related to your degree, jobs could include archivist, journalist, or translator.